Business Chamber calling for nominations for Business of the Year


Ten years of excellence – that is what the Mossel Bay Business Chamber is celebrating this year and the culmination of a decade of hard work will be showcased at a gala event on 6 September at the Diaz Hotel in Mossel Bay.

Nichola (Nicky) Weimar, Nedbank’s Senior Economist since 2000, will be the guest speaker.  

At this function the Chamber wants to honour the businesses in Mossel Bay that are committed to service excellence and that believes in ploughing back into the community.

The Mossel Bay Business Chamber is calling for nominees in the different business categories as well as nominations for the Business Person of the Year. Every business in Mossel Bay gets the opportunity to showcase its uniqueness, abilities and the impact it makes on the town’s economy.

This year’s competition will be in pursuance of the Chamber’s vision for acknowledging excellence.  This is in line with the foundations anchoring the awards, namely: identifying, encouraging and rewarding excellence, while still being highly competitive.

At the same time this award also seeks to inspire budding entrepreneurs by emulating and exceeding the achievements of those who traversed the road before them.

The committee awaits your nomination for your favourite or most successful business in the different categories. Please note that you can nominate your own business if you feel that it is a deserving case.

Awards will be made in three categories:  the small business category is for business with a turnover of up to R5 million per annum; medium for businesses between R5 and R15 million and large businesses R15 million plus. There is also a corporate section for national organisations. Then the committee also awaits nominations for special awards for the Business Person of the Year as well as organisations involved in community projects.

Nomination forms are available on the website or call 064 803 3303. Please forward your nominations to by 30 August 2019. 

In order to compare businesses fairly, the judges will be taking the following into consideration: community impact, motivation, personal qualifications, leadership skills and growth.

An easy to complete nomination form is available from the office or on the website (

The following criteria will also play a role. The nominated company must be a member of the Mossel Bay Business Chamber and registered as a company in South Africa. The person nominating the business must also be a member of the Chamber.

The entrepreneur section is excluded from this. Every entry must Include a short CV of the nominee, the number of years that the business has been in operation as well as a motivation as to why the company or individual are nominated. All finalists must attend the gala function on 6 September and the decision of the judges is final. No correspondence will be entered into.

For tickets for the gala evening, which promises to be a gastronomic feast with Chef Emile, call Rene on 064 803 3303.

(Denise Lloyd)

CAPTION: Who will be the pride and joy of the Mossel Bay business community for 2019? It could be you or your business. The different category winners for 2018 were: (from left) Herman Wait and John Smit (Haas Das Electronics, winners Small Business), Shirley Schmidt (Business Person of the Year), Paul Kruger (chairman Mossel Bay Business Chamber), Herman Meyer (Nedbank, main sponsor), HARRY Levendal (Mayor of Mossel Bay), Danie Acker (Rauch Gertenbach, winner Medium Business) and Jantjie Jonker (Jakkalsvlei, winner Large Business).  (PHOTO: Denise Lloyd)

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